Food at the Hospital


My mom was in the hospital last week, and I was really surprised by the way that they served food to her. At my hospital, they let me pick what I want to eat and when I want to eat it. I think the hours are 6 in the morning until 11pm. I don’t feel well a lot of the time that I am there, so it is really nice that they let me order what sounds good to me at that moment and to order when I feel like eating. 

My mom had food delivered at 7am, 11:30am, and 5:30pm. Seriously, who eats dinner at 5:30 at night? And I would miss almost every meal if they brought it to me at 7 and lunch at 11:30. When I don’t feel well, i try to sleep as much as possible and don’t want to eat in the morning. 

My mom could ask for things like pudding, jello, and chicken broth from her nurses. She wasn’t really able to eat much when she was there anyway, but I couldn’t help thinking about the people who are hungry and don’t have the choice. Also, when the did ask what she wanted, they asked her the day before. When you are sick, how do you know what you will feel like eating the next day?

As you know, I think sleep is really important to getting well. I also think eating is important to getting well. My mom posted about this on twitter and it seems some other places are like my hospital but that a lot are still like this one.

What are your experiences? Do you think it is important to let the patient say when and what they eat?

One thought on “Food at the Hospital

  1. Hi Morgan, you should check out the food service system at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
    My name is Morgan as well, I am an undergraduate student studying Biochemistry and Public Health at the University of Washington, but have also been a patient through the medical center since I began college here in 2010. I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune clotting disease when I was 13. I can relate to many of the things that you are discussing, both when I was your age and now as a young adult. Feel free to follow my blog, it focuses a little more on what it’s like to be a college-aged young adult with a chronic illness and documents my journey towards my career in medicine. I also have a Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, feel free to follow or message me on any. Would love to visit with you.


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